Gutierrez: New faces in new places pace A's win


Gutierrez: New faces in new places pace A's win

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CSNCalifornia.comAnd now, playing the role of Fantasy Island's Mr. Roarke, new A's interim manager Bob Melvin.Smiles, everyone. Smiles.Or did you not catch the shot of the A's congratulating themselves after their most satisfying victory of the season? Smiles, indeed..GUTIERREZ: A's Insider gallery -- Smiles all around in Chicago
And a huge sigh of relief. Are you ready for this nugget, courtesy of A's historian David Feldman? The A's became the first team since 1900 to snap a losing streak of 10 or more games by winning a game after trailing by two-or-more runs with two out and no one on base in their last at-bat.Facing an 0-and-2 count with two out in the ninth inning, the A's entire team deserves credit for the spirit-lifting comeback victory. The spotlight, though, deserves to shine on three of the new guys, and an older guy batting in a new spot in the lineup.- "Moonlight" Graham Godfrey was shaky at first, giving up a two-out, two-run home run to Paul Konerko before loading the bases and escaping further damage. He was charged with three more runs in the fifth inning and only went 4 13 innings, but the rookie right-hander, making his major league debut, kept things from spiraling totally out of control. He battled after his 36-pitch first inning.- Jemile Weeks showed every dimension of his exciting game. His defense was showcased on a bare-handed pick-up of a grounder up the middle and cross-body throw out of Carlos Quentin in the second. The pop in his bat was exhibited in his third-inning triple. And his wheels were on display when he beat out an infield single in the fourth.- Scott Sizemore had the game-winning hit, meeting White Sox closer Sergio Santos' 95-mph heater on 1-and-0 head on and driving it to the left-center wall for a bases-clearing double. It was Sizemore's third hit of the night.- Cliff Pennington looks a lot more comfortable in the No. 2 hole than he ever did hitting ninth. Al he did was go three for five with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. To be fair, the fired Bob Geren toyed with the idea of moving Pennington here, but it was Melvin who puled the trigger.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season.